We’ve seen too many weak reactions to Monday’s Islamic terror attack in Manchester, England, especially in light of there being so many child victims. Whether it’s pop superstar Katy Perry telling us we don’t need borders, just coexistence, or rock guitarist Brian May preaching nonviolence, musical artists and politicians are blatantly ignoring the actual problem.
But then there’s Morrissey. According to a fiery Facebook post he published the day after the attack, the singer was in Manchester celebrating his birthday when he heard the news. Unlike these other artists, Morrissey’s words were driven by a “monumental” anger over the atrocity and the cowardice shown by British leadership up to and in the wake of the terrorist attack. He called out Londonistan Mayor Sadiq Khan, Prime Minister Theresa May, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, and even the Queen herself for failing to name the enemy and hiding behind the safety of their “bullet-proof bubble[s]” instead of protecting the people of Britain from these Muslim attacks.
It’s good to know somebody in the world of entertainment actually gets it. Here’s Morrissey’s post:
Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental.
For what reason will this ever stop?
Theresa May says such attacks "will not break us", but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, "will not break us" means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken - thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says "London is united with Manchester", but he does not condemn Islamic State - who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her 'strong words' against the attack, yet she does not cancel today's garden party at Buckingham Palace - for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an "extremist". An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
23 May 2017.